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SaberCats, At Long Last Back In Action
“I still have that passion to play.”--Quarterback Mark Grieb
Barbara Mason 03.12.11
Yes. You heard me right. The San Jose SaberCats are back in action in the Arena League taking up residence at their old haunt, the HP Pavilion. It has only been a couple of years but for SaberCat fans it has seemed a lifetime ago that the team played for another Arena Bowl title against the Philadelphia Soul in New Orleans. The collapse of the then existing league was a crushing blow for these loyal fans. Having the bragging rights to what could be considered the most passionate supporters in the league, the game attendance was testament to the popularity of arena football in San Jose.
Friday night San Jose took the field against the reigning Arena Bowl champion Spokane Shock in their season opener. There were some familiar faces in the mix, those being Head Coach Darren Arbet, quarterback Mark Grieb and WR/DB Rodney Wright. Then there were those players who will become favorites as their personalities and strengths begin to shine. In the manner in which San Jose puts together a team, you can be certain that a strong season lies ahead. The biggest challenge has to be the one which always accompanies a new team, learning the tendencies and strengths of fellow players. The SaberCats couldn’t ask for a better leader in vastly experienced quarterback Mark Grieb. “I love playing the game and I want to be a part of it. I still have that passion to play. Who know how this year will turn out but I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Grieb. Rodney Wright has quite a bit of experience under his belt and together with the brilliant coaching capability of Darren Arbet the future looks bright. This will be a huge challenge but one that this team will welcome with open arms.
After this 76-48 win over the Shock we’ve had a good look at the 2011 SaberCats. San Jose show-cased a strong core of wide receivers with solid performances by Rodney Wright, Samora Goodson, and Nichiren Flowers. There were touchdown rushes by Chad Cook, an impressive showing by the offensive front line, a solid defense and exceptional special teams. Quarterback Mark Grieb was simply amazing picking up where he left off two years ago. It was an impressive showing in this first of eighteen games. It will be a long grueling season but the SaberCats are on the right track. You better believe that the boys are back in town.
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